The Indian Premier League (IPL) has now become a crucial event for the board and a much-anticipated one for the fans. It has been 13 – and a half now – seasons since the IPL took the world by a storm. The tournament sends the fans in a frenzy often with its tight contests.
Also, however, the fans have been made to believe some incorrect facts in relation to the tournament, its players, and teams. Today, we bust some of them.
IPL: 5 Myths In The Tournament Which The Fans Believed To Be True
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned for match-fixing
The Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned in the IPL for a period of 2 years, missing out on the 2016 and 2017 seasons; Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant were added for a couple of seasons.
A major portion of fans believes that both sides were banned for match-fixing. However, that is not the case. They were banned because their owners Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were caught in illegal betting and Spot-fixing activities during the 2013 season, not match-fixing.
Both the owners were banned for life from being involved in any cricket matches conducted by the BCCI.
Match-fixing and Spot-fixing aren’t the same. Spot-fixing is when you defraud bookmakers by a player taking a pre-arranged action to fix the result of that specific event; match-fixing is which the final result of a match is fixed by players or officials.